GOOD NEWS - House Passes Space Tourism Bill.

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arobie

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You beat me to it. <img src="/images/icons/blush.gif" /><br /><br />This is great news! A good day for space efforts!
 
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odysseus145

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Awesome <img src="/images/icons/cool.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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rylo

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<b>Safety rules for space tourists ahead</b><br />FAA can issue regulations in 8 years<br /><br />... The bill was passed by a 269-120 vote but only after a contentious debate Friday over how much protection lawmakers should provide potential space tourists. A two-thirds vote was required for passage. It was uncertain whether the Senate would take up the bill before Congress adjourns.<br /><br />"After being informed of the risks, people can and should be able to decide to buy a ticket and achieve their lifelong dream of flying into space even though they know that it is a risky proposition," Rohrabacher said.<br /><br />An earlier version of the bill passed by the House in March required only that space tourists be informed of the risks involved in their travel.<br /><br />Following negotiations between the House Science Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee, the new version would allow the Federal Aviation Administration to begin issuing regulations to protect spaceflight passengers and crew, but only eight years after enactment of the bill.<br /><br />The FAA also might issue regulations to protect the safety of passengers and crew before then if someone should be killed or injured seriously or some unplanned event should occur on a space flight.<br /><br />That wasn't enough for some Democrats.<br /><br />"I don't want to see people dead from a space experiment, and then the federal government comes in to regulate," said Minnesota Rep. James Oberstar, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's senior Democrat.<br /><br />Rohrabacher contended too much regulation would "strangle this industry and drive these entrepreneurs offshore."<br /><br />http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/11/20/space.tourism.ap/index.html<br /><br />
 
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fcastle

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Does anyone know a link to the actual bill itself? I would like to read the verbage.
 
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HR 5382 (PDF format) <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font size="3" color="#ff9900"><p><font size="1" color="#993300"><strong><em>------------------------------------------------------------------- </em></strong></font></p><p><font size="1" color="#993300"><strong><em>"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."</em></strong></font></p><p><font size="1" color="#993300"><strong>Thomas Jefferson</strong></font></p></font> </div>
 
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